Fashion > Fashion History & Theory]
Despite its feminine image, cheongsam’s hybrid nature originated in the traditional men’s changpao of 1910s and the influence of western aesthetics in the trading cities of 1930s China. While some studies (Steele and Major 1999, Tam 2000, Wilson 1997) have generalised the cheongsam as a product of ‘East meets West’, its close link with the political background and cultural history of China has been little considered. Amidst its rejection by Communist China and its ignominious adaptation as a seductive dress and hostess uniform, the cheongsam has continued to evolve and acquired new identities through popular culture, fashion production, global circulation and consumption.
Following Lowe’s (1995) notion of hybridity, Fusionable Cheongsam responds to cheongsam’s dichotomous representations by tracing the social and cultural history of China vis-à-vis cheongsam’s hybrid origin, evolution and liaison with the West.
|Type of Research:||Show/Exhibition|
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Postcolonial theory, cultural production, identities, Asian fashion, fashion cities
My research concerns identities with an emphasis on the discourse of cultural identities in the production of fashion. I am interested in the construction of identities, the expression and creation of an identity when producing fashion, the relation of such identity with one's locality and the tension within the industry in which it is produced. I have written on the engagement process of Paris-based Oriental designers, examining diasporic aesthetics that is born out of both the place and fashion system in which it is created.
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > London College of Fashion|
|Date:||01 June 2007|
|Related Websites:||http://www.wessieling.com/, http://www.lifestyle.sg/articles/arts-and-culture_4/cheongsams-tale_243.htm, http://sites.a-n.co.uk/interface/reviews/single/368886|
|Event Location:||The Hong Kong Arts Centre|
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|Deposited By:||INVALID USER|
|Deposited On:||03 Dec 2009 00:00|
|Last Modified:||26 Sep 2011 13:47|